Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is really versatile, have it hot or cold with veggies or meat, in soups, and on salads.  Along with versatility, it is packed with nutritious qualities:

  • Fat (but no saturated fat)
  • Carbs
  • Protein
  • Fiber
  • Magnesium and Iron
  • All 8 essential Amino Acids!

This explains why the Inca’s called quinoa Chisaya Mama- “Mother of all grains”…or at least we think

This makes quinoa great for vegetarians and also for people who have wheat allergies.  Quinoa looks like a grain but is actually a seed, in the same family as beets, spinach, and chard.

Here’s the quinoa I buy:

This recipe calls for black beans.  I buy the dry ones in the bag and cook them.  You can soak the beans over night and boil the next day.  I also found a great method on www.thekitchn.com:

  • Preheat oven to 325
  • Use a clay pot or any dish that is oven safe and has a top
  • Fill the dish with water to about 1″ above the beans
  • Add salt and bake for 75 minutes
  • Cook in extra 15 minutes increments until done

I cooked 1 cup of dry quinoa per instructions on bag (makes 3 cups cooked quinoa so you be the judge if you need more or less)

While that was simmering I chopped the following ingredients:

  • Red Onion
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper (You can use any color)
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado
  • 1 Tomato
  • Chopped fresh Cilantro
  • 1 Lime – cut in half and used for juicing

I put the chopped avocado in a bowl with the lime juice

When quinoa is done add the black beans, chopped vegetables, avocado and lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper.

Done.  I stored this in my fridge for a few days and ate for a snack or lunch

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One thought on “Quinoa Salad

  1. love quinoa. it was a very exciting event when i finally tracked it down in spain, at a corner store run by a peruvian no less. sometimes i put beets in mine, or other sweet-but-healthy elements and it’s sooo good.

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